From the daily archives: "Wednesday, April 17, 2013"

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2012’s queen of the candy-coated hair color trend has gone to black and, it would seem, she’s not going back. For months now, the songstress who kissed a girl has been sporting this dramatic jet-black ‘do, and not even the most infamous of the fashion-forward –– lets pretend to be a hippy –– festivals can get her back on the pastel-gelato gravy train. A classic long-length layer-cut with side-part, the style reminds us that, in the age of multi-toned hues, dramatic raven can still be striking, vivid and bold. For tips and tricks to creating similar looks, click style notes.

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As the weather heats up, long hair can get unruly and hot. A repertoire of cute styles is important for looking put together in all seasons, and essential in the summer months. Buns and ponytails are reliable classics, but if you’re stuck in a rut, these sleek faux bobs are just the thing to shake up your routine. Pseudo short styles usually come in romantic textures and loose finishes, but sleek, controlled lines give this retro shape an appealing modern twist that feels fresh and sophisticated. Read on for detailed steps to creating this posh style. –– Laura Martin

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With spring and summer set to spark another wave of beach bombshell hair, earlier in the week we featured what we think is the best way to put permanent texture into tresses: American Wave. Now we have a great example of its power to transform straight strands into full and luscious swirls. Flores wanted to add support and texture and increased styling options to her straight hair; she went to see Amanda Jenkins, master stylist at ARROJO NYC, for the service and the result gives Flores trendy beach waves that look natural, and the foundation to shape a range of different styles. For her own thoughts on working with the texture, click style notes.

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This soft shape is a long standing favorite of top actresses and fashion models, and for good reason. Face framing layers provide movement where you need it while leaving ends thick and full. The cut flatters a variety of textures and looks great worn wavy, curly, or straight. Easy to put up or wear down and flattering to a wide variety of features, this shape can be adapted for any length below the shoulder. If you love long hair but are feeling shapeless, try this classic style for a polished and versatile look. Read on for more details about the cut and steps to styling.–– Laura Martin

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